Learning about homelessness is empowering. Understanding the part we all play leads to a more vibrant community for us all.
Get the facts, take in stories of people affected by homelessness, learn about evidence-based solutions (yes, there are solutions!), and read our staff’s take in our blog.
It takes an engaged, empowered, and willful community to resolve homelessness together. You can start here.
180 Together Celebrates A Decade of Collaboration
At least 1,150 people housed through historic housing program since launch in 2012 It started as a Countywide initiative to house 180 people
California’s Homelessness Crisis Explained
Curious about all things homelessness in California? CalMatters has compiled a comprehensive look at all facets of the issue.
Housing First: Principles into Practice – Animated Overview
Million Dollar Murray
A New Yorker story by Malcolm Gladwell about a man who was homeless in Reno who over the course of 10 years of expensive “non-solutions,” such as jail and hospitals…
Campus Tour with Gary Tow
COVID 19 Preparedness
The health of our community — our clients, residents, staff, volunteers, and the community at large — is of the utmost importance to Housing Matters.
Permanent Supportive Housing — Proposed Development
2022 Homeless Point-in-Time Count
Santa Cruz County’s Housing for Health Partnership releases its full report, and shares plans to conduct the count on a more frequent basis. The
2020 Homeless Memorial
The History of Homelessness
The history of homelessness in the United States is complex, not surprisingly. Understanding what led us to today can be a powerful tool for informing how we…
Coronavirus and Homelessness: Facts and Resources
We’re getting lots of questions about how the global coronavirus pandemic is affecting the homeless population in Santa Cruz County and across the nation.
Santa Cruz County’s Three-Year Strategic Framework
Focus Strategies has published a baseline report for Santa Cruz County.
2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress
Read the 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, produced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
2019 Homeless Memorial
The 2019 Homeless Memorial was held on December 18, 2019. 58 people experiencing homelessness passed away in 2019. See news coverage and information about this year’s memorial.
2019 Santa Cruz County Homeless Census and Point-In-Time Count
Every two years, Santa Cruz County, along with communities across the country, conducts a survey to estimate the number of individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.
US Interagency Council on Homelessness: Home, Together
For the past year the USICH has been researching, learning and gathering consensus on approaches to homelessness. The results are all in their new action plan: Home, Together.